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Hippopotamus along the river

Posted by
Yonatan (New York, United States) on 7 July 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Photographed in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Hippos are by far one of the most dangerous animals that you can encounter while on safari. Adult males typically weight 3,000 - 4,000 pounds, but older ones can weight up to 9,000 pounds! While on the boat cruising along the Chobe River we encountered herds of hippos numbering in the 20s (I will show you these herds soon). Our expert guides were always cautious and knew when it was time to move away from these intimidating creatures.

Pictured above is a seasoned battle veteran. Note all of the scars on its thick skin.

OLYMPUS E-5 1/1250 second F/5.6 ISO 800 601 mm (35mm equiv.)

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1/1250 second
ISO 800
601 mm (35mm equiv.)